Fatal Truck Accident and Wrongful Death Attorneys in Atlanta
While the average passenger car weighs 3,250 pounds, a loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (the federally mandated maximum weight). In addition, the average passenger vehicle traveling at 60 miles per hour can come to a stop in about 140 feet, while a tractor trailer needs more 400 or more feet to stop.
Do the math and you can see why it’s dangerous for passenger vehicles to share the road with 18 wheelers. A collision between a car and a tractor trailer can lead to serious injury and even death. Statistics cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that tractor trailer collisions are responsible for one in nine highway fatalities.
If a loved one or family member has been killed in an accident with a large truck, the victim’s surviving spouse, partner, parents, children, and executor of their estate may be entitled to monetary compensation. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, it is important to consult with an attorney experienced in such cases.
The Atlanta wrongful death lawyers at The Mulholland Law Firm, P.C. have years of experience with cases involving large truck accidents. We aren’t intimidated by trucking companies and the insurance professionals they hire to deny or reduce claims. We have won large settlements for our clients in the past. Call our expert legal team for a free consultation today at (770) 350-2691. Don’t forget that you have only two years from the date of a death to file a wrongful death claim in Georgia. You need to act fast.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Georgia?
Wrongful death is when a human being dies as the result of the negligence, fault, or wrongful act or omission of another party.
Example: If a truck is driving on tires with insufficient tread, and those tires cause an accident that results in a fatality, the truck’s owner/operator can be sued for wrongful death.
What Kind of Damages Can Be Awarded?
While a loved one can’t be replaced by any sum of money, financial compensation can be awarded to the victim’s surviving family members for any of the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future retirement benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Pain and suffering of the victim prior to death
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship, love, affection, care, protection, and guidance
In addition, you can be awarded punitive damages aimed at keeping the defendant from future negligent acts.
Aside from the emotional trauma of losing a loved one, consider how this loss will affect your family’s future. No child should grow up without a parent. And who will help put that child through college? The tragic loss of a family member can be a particularly difficult time, and your emotional state my keep you from making the right decisions at that moment.
This is why it’s important to have a concerned, caring, and experienced legal team at your side. The Atlanta fatal truck accident attorneys at The Mulholland Law Firm, P.C., are not only sensitive, but also tough. Call us today for a free consultation at (770) 350-2691 or fill out an online contact form. We help put lives back together.